England’s stand-in captain, Jos Buttler says that there were shades of MS Dhoni in Sam Curran’s valiant knock on Sunday against India. In the chase of 330, England was 200/7 and the match seemed done and dusted, Sam Curran, with support from Adil Rashid and Mark Wood, kept the game alive dragging it into the last over.
The left-hander remained unbeaten on 95 but couldn’t take his side over the line. Jos Buttler reckons the youngster would want to speak to MS Dhoni, Curran’s captain at the Chennai Super Kings, about his lone battle and not being able to finish the game on Sunday night. Moeen Ali will also feature for CSK in IPL 2021 and Jos Buttler opines that the English players will learn a lot under the former India captain.
“I’m sure Sam would want to talk to MS about tonight’s innings. I’m sure there were shades of the way that he (MS Dhoni) would have liked to take the game down if he was in that situation. He’s a great person for Sam to have a conversation with when he meets up MS (in the IPL),” Jos Buttler said at the virtual post-match news conference.
“We know what an amazing cricketer, finisher MS Dhoni is. A brilliant learning curve for all our players to share dressing rooms with guys like MS’s stature in the game. I’m very excited for them,” he added.
We were happy to chase that score but never got those partnerships together: Jos Buttler
The 30-year-old found the total chasable – especially after having gunned down 337 in the 2nd ODI. But, as Buttler points out, the visitors kept losing wickets and didn’t really get any partnership going. The Rajasthan Royals batsman asserts that England’s bowling was not up to expectations as well.
“We were happy to chase that score. We thought that was a manageable score, but we lost wickets at regular intervals and never got those partnerships together. Never thought run-rate would be a big issue but we lost wickets.
“Small, small things could have done better. I think with the ball we were not quite as disciplined as we have been early on. We gave them a few too many easy boundary balls. They didn’t have to work too hard for those boundaries, but then we pegged back pretty well with spinners picking up those wickets,” he stated.